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Explore, Enjoy and Protect - Santa Lucia Chapter hike in Machesna Wilderness
Machesna Wilderness hike
April 2002
Photo by Gary Felsman

Welcome to the Santa Lucia Chapter
of the Sierra Club



Welcome to the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club. What follows is a brief description of activities, projects, conservation issues and services provided by our local chapter.

Sierra Club members living in San Luis Obispo County are automatically enrolled in the Santa Lucia Chapter when you join the Sierra Club. We currently have over 2,200 members. All meetings or outings are open to members and the general public.

  • The Chapter office is located at 974 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. This is a new address! map

  • Correspondence should be sent to: Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, P.O. Box 15755, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

  • The office is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. , M-F. Please call first (805-543-8717) to ensure a staff member or volunteer is on duty.

  • For general inquiries including Membership, Outings and Programs use the Chapter e-mail:

  • Questions or input regarding the website, email

[book] The Santa Lucia Chapter sells many publications including books, calendars, San Luis Obispo County Trail Guides, cards, and other gifts. Members receive a 10% discount. To get more information call Bonnie at 805-543-7051.

[news] Our local newsletter, the Santa Lucian, is published ten times a year. Articles range from club news, outings, and activities to local conservation issues and legislative alerts. Submit articles to Andrew Christie at e-mail: and outings to Joe Morris, 805-549-0355 (click here to send an e-mail).

Volunteers are the backbone of the Sierra Club. Our local chapter is a volunteer only organization we are always looking for new volunteers to help with many local projects and activities.

  • Outings Leaders and assistants for Hiking, Cycling, Canoe/Kayaking, Sierra Singles, etc. Contact Joe Morris at (805-549-0355).

  • If you have a special talent or some time to help the chapter, call Andrew at (805-543-8717), e-mail and volunteer your time.

  • If you wish to assist the conservation committee, contact Sue Harvey at

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How to Contact Us

Santa Lucia Chapter Office:

  • Chapter office is located at 974 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

  • The office is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. , M-F. Please call first (805-543-8717) to ensure a staff member or volunteer is on duty.


  • All correspondence should be sent to: Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, P.O. Box 15755, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

  • For general inquiries including Membership, Outings, Conservation and Program use the Chapter E-mail: Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate person, if not answered directly.

  • Conservation Chair: Sue Harvey
  • Questions or input regarding the website, email .

2014 Executive Committee :


Michael Jenks

Michael Jencks


Mike is the third generation of Sierra Club activists in his family. His grandmother joined in 1899 and knew John Muir, his grandparents were the hosts/caretakers of the Club's Tuolumme Meadows lodge and campground for many years, and his uncle was a longtime outings leader involved with Dave Brower's split with the club over the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Mike is a lawyer and a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Poly, teaching in the Natural Resource Management and City and Regional planning departments. He attended Williams College in Massachusetts where he served as President of the Williams Outing Club. Many of his friends are people he first met on Sierra Club trips.



Patrick McGibney

Vice Chair

Patrick grows lavender and other organics on the Carrizo Plain and keeps several hundred thousand honeybees. He spent a decade as a sea captain, and saw first-hand the floating debris islands of the world's trash. He wants to see the County change from policies that result in species extinction, polluting the oceans and air and squandering our resources, and doesn't think SLO County can lead that change by destroying sensitive habitats under the auspices of short term jobs and profits. Renewable energy sources must be sited in areas that do not contribute to species or habitat loss. "We are here on this earth for a blink and should act like the caretakers and the stewards we were meant to be."



Lindi Doud


Lindi is a fifth-generation Californian who was born in San Luis Obispo 59 years ago and earned a degree in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly. Her first backpacking trip with the Sierra Club in the Los Padres National Forest in 1967 changed her life, which has ever since been spent as a naturalist and environmental educator. As such, she has worked at all the local State Parks, Rancho El Chorro, and Kern Environmental Education Program (KEEP), volunteered as a docent, and fought to protect our precious natural places from harm. She is a thoughtful, patient listener to both fellow Sierra Club members and the wisdom of the Earth, and serves as a voice for the voiceless.

Linda Seeley

Linda Seeley


Linda is a longtime anti-nuclear activist and vice-president of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, legal intervenors in the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant in San Luis Obispo. Linda is a member of the National Sierra Club's Nuclear Free Campaign Core Team, which works to promote a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy future, and president of the Terra Madre Foundation, a small NGO sponsoring permaculture training and rainwater harvesting workshops. Linda is a certified nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner and an advanced facilitator of the Work that Reconnects as developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. She has lived in San Luis Obispo for 32 years and has three children and three grandsons. 


Victoria Carranza

Victoria Carranza


In 2010, while a student at Cal Poly, Victoria asked us if she could revive the dormant Cal Poly chapter of the Sierra Student Coalition. Since we know a born leader when we see one, and we were impressed with Victoria's initiative and commitment to environmental ethics, we gave her our blessing, along with some minimal instruction. She proceeded to single-handedly initiate and register the SSC as an official Cal Poly club, which, under her leadership, began meeting regularly and expanded its membership, toured Diablo Canyon, followed by discussion with the Mothers for Peace and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, did trail maintenance in the Big Sur wilderness; published an electronic newsletter, and became an integral part of the Empower Poly Coalition, a networking hub of approximately two dozen campus clubs focused on environmental and humanitarian initiatives. Victoria went on to become president of the EPC, and now works with multiple local environmental groups. She is representative of the best of her generation: committed to environmental sustainability, making change and creating a better world, with a lot to show for it already. 


linda seeley

Pat Veesart


A 40-year resident of San Luis Obispo County, Pat has formerly served as Chapter Executive Committee member, Chapter Chair, Sierra Club California staff member, Executive Director of ECOSLO, and as a Planning Commissioner for both the City and County of San Luis Obispo. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Los Padres ForestWatch and works for the California Coastal Commission.



Greg McMillan


Greg is a 6th-generation northern County resident who has lived in the northeastern part of the county for almost all his life. He is acting Chair of the Shandon Advisory Committee and a building contractor specializing in energy efficiency and resource conservation who built the first permitted strawbale house in California. His father Eben and brother Ian were pioneers in the conservation movement in central California. He took their philosophies to heart at an early age and tries to keep alive the momentum they created. He raises grass-fed beef and grows olives on a small ranch east of Shandon.



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